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Solar-Powered Bragg Hill Barn-Inspired Home Was Built to Last Several Generations in Rural Pennsylvania

by , 03/11/14

Bragg Hill House, Moger Mehrhof Architects, chester county, pennsylvania, green home, eco house, sustainable home, solar home

When Barney and Nancy Leonard decided to move out of Philadelphia to Chester County and build a new home, they knew the home would be super sustainable. They hired Matthew Moger of Moger Mehrhof Architects along with sustainability consultants Sustainable Solutions Corporation to create an integrated design solution and a beautiful home. Moger actually camped on the property with his daughter through a roaring storm to get a better sense of the land and how the home should be designed. The result is a modern and sustainable home inspired by the landscape and rural barn architecture, but built with local and natural materials in a way that should last for hundreds of years.

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Bragg Hill house is a large home designed for entertaining and lots of family and visitors with views of the landscape and a variety of ways to connect with the outdoors. Built with both passive and active solar design strategies, the home makes use of the sun’s free energy and shades it appropriately to avoid over heating. A geothermal heat pump and radiant floor heating provide energy efficient warmth, while natural ventilation strategies help cool the interior. Much of the wood in the home is reclaimed and either comes from trees felled from the property or other nearby sources. Local stone was used in retaining walls and the massive chimney prominently featured on the side of the home. Daylighting plays a strong role in the home’s interior and rainwater is harvested and stored in a cistern for use around the property. Finally, a photovoltaic system on the roof generates almost all the power needed to run the home.

+ Moger Mehrhof Architects

+ 60 Bragg Hill Blog

Images ©Jeffrey Totaro

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3 Comments

  1. xzamianx March 13, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Beautiful! I love the mix of traditional and modern style, the color/material palette, and most of all the proportions. In the words of the great Liz Lemon, I want to go to there.

    Kudos to the architect for designing a building with character.

  2. xzamianx March 13, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Beautiful! I love the mix of traditional and modern style, the color palette, the materials. In the words of the great Liz Lemon, I want to go to there. I especially love how the stone chimney can be seen on the interior. Kudos to the architect for designing a building with character.

  3. Cat Mackenzie March 11, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    That is one ugly house: mainly because of the chimney stack (WTF is that all about?) but also because the staircases are reminiscent of 1970s towerblock stairs. Is there a lift? And if there is, is it working so I don’t have to walk up the stairs??

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